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Faith: A lot of lessons we can learn from rescues

Snoring. All around me, snores are punctuated by little yips and growls. When I try to move my right arm so that I can type a little easier, I’m met with grunts and a giant paw for my trouble. I’v...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 7, 2020

Faith: Maybe there'd be less hate if we remembered we're all connected

One of my favorite events on the church calendar happened this past weekend, World Communion Sunday. This celebration crosses denominations as people put aside their differences to share in a communal...

 

Faith: Memories of Dad help me in the face of difficulties

My dad’s birthday slipped by quietly this week. He would have been 83. I spent the day before his birthday doing the same thing I’ve done for decades. I baked him a cake. There’s a family spice...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 5, 2020

Faith: Lots of love, laughter and baked goods in my family

Gavin the Wonder Kid has joined the world of kid messenger. I didn’t know such a thing existed until a neon green oozy background popped up on my phone, and The Dad’s mini me filled the screen....

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 1, 2020

Opinion: 'May his memory be a blessing'

Last week, the community came together to help a family locate their elderly relative, Bob Casey, who had gone missing. Sadly, Casey was found several days later, deceased. The grief from his family...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 3, 2020

Opinion: Reminder from Charlie to live in love

I’ve been thinking a lot about Charlie Broz lately. The most recent occurrence involved a kitchen incident and a chunk of salmon that may or may not have caught fire. As I was trying to extinguish...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    May 6, 2020

Opinion: Wearing masks isn't about fear but responsibility

People wear masks when they mow the lawn, work on home projects, refinish furniture, when they paint. All in the name of safety. So, what’s the big deal about wearing a mask now? We have a...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 12, 2020

Opinion: Church isn't the building - church is us

The church has left the building. Simple yet profound. But church isn’t about the building. Don’t get me wrong — I love my church, Westminster Presbyterian in Clovis. It’s a beautiful...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: We'll get through this time of uncertainty together

These are the moments that define us. We’re all doing the best we can navigating our way through this new normal of “shelter-at-home.” It’s an uncertain time, and that can be pretty nerve...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    March 4, 2020

Don't let worry waste the moments of your life

I love lists. I especially love lists when accompanied by color-coded sticky notes. Sometimes, however, even the best-laid plans complete with lists and sticky notes can fall apart. That point was...

 

Partnership isn't about effort alone

I never really agreed with the whole “marriage is 50-50” thing. Thinking about it, I probably thought it meant that a marriage is an equal partnership, hence the 50-50. But something just...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 1, 2020

Let's see what we can make happen, 2020

Hello, 2020. You snuck up on me. I knew you were on the way; but I still haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, and here you are, nipping at my heels. I haven’t processed 2019, and here I sit on...

 

About a million wishes for the holiday season

I have about a million wishes for this holiday season. Big ones and small ones. As I watch Christmas movies filled with sugar plum fairies and dancing snowflakes, I wish I didn’t fail out of ballet...

 

Grateful I grew up before social media

I’m glad I grew up in a time before social media. A lot of my “stupid people tricks” happened outside the scope of cell phones or easy-access cameras. While these stunts may be remembered by...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    October 2, 2019

Even in the midst of loss and sorrow, love remains

Dictionary.com defines a ‘dork’ as: a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit. If we’re truthful, we’ve all probably fallen into...

 

Instead of lashing out, reach out with love

Some things just don’t make sense. Oysters, for example. I can’t imagine who might have cracked open one of those “delicacies” and thought eating it was a good idea. I suppose we could say...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    August 7, 2019

Thank you, Richard Allen Trask, for dedication and service

Recently, I had the distinct privilege to officiate the celebration of life service for Richard Allen Trask, who was 99 and some when he died. As I listened to the stories shared by his son and daught...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 3, 2019

Can't control others - only my response

It was a bad pain day. My usual “peopley” self was amped down a couple of notches. We had parked close to the front of a grocery store, and I made my way from the jeep to the door, wincing with...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    June 5, 2019

Man's voice echoes through family, community

“Family is everything.” Simple. Profound. Recently, I attended the celebration of life service for a man I didn’t know. Like many others, I felt as if I did “know” him because of his presenc...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Lifestyles    May 1, 2019

We should live in world where we lift each other up

There is a lot of ugliness in the world right now. It would be easy to blame social media, the times we live in, political unrest, and a host of other things. And as these things go, people have laid...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    April 3, 2019

Trying to embrace memories as a gift

Sometimes, we get weary. We all have those people that we can turn to (or run to depending on the situation) when the day-to-day grind overwhelms us. But, what do we do when one of those voices is...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    March 6, 2019

Faith: Family that respects each other incredible gift

The Dad came up in conversation this past week, again. Since he daily dances through my mind, it isn’t a big leap to find him in a conversation. This time, it wasn’t because of a funny Dad story;...

 

Faith: Hoping we remember we belong to one another

I had a serious flashback a few days ago. I’m not sure how Facebook “knows” things, but Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are a Changin’,” (1964) popped up on my timeline. Maybe it’s...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    January 2, 2019

Faith: Hoping to honor Dad in coming year

So long, 2018. You were a tough one, taking The Dad from this world to the next. While there were many lovely things that happened throughout the year, that one event has changed me. Permanently. I...

 

Faith: Movie appeals to child-like hope that lives even in adults

I have a date with a nearly 5-year-old kiddo, my nephew Gavin. We are kicking off the holiday by watching “Elf” on the big screen. Rounding out this group of elf-watchers is Gavin’s mom, and...

 

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